Jump to content

david robertson

Members
  • Content Count

    445
  • Joined

  • Last visited

About david robertson

  • Rank
    Chatty concertinist
  • Birthday 06/08/1948

Contact Methods

  • Website URL
    http://www.concertina-restoration.co.uk

Profile Information

  • Gender
    Male
  • Interests
    Full-time restorer and tuner of concertinas, part-time abuser of a 38k Jeffries Anglo. I also arrange for and sing with a 3-part harmony group called Poacher.
  • Location
    Norwich, England

Recent Profile Visitors

1071 profile views
  1. david robertson

    Wheatstone 48k treble for sale

    This is a good mid-range Wheatstone (No. 32676 - 1931) which I recently took in as a trade-in. It was already in good playing condition, having clearly had new pads and valves fitted in the not-too-distant past. It has a fine set of reeds, and is fast and bright. In fact, I have done almost nothing to it, apart from checking through the tuning, so I'm happy to offer it for £1250 - very little more than I paid. As always, you're welcome to come and have a squeeze in Norwich - just drop me a PM, or call 01603 702644.
  2. david robertson

    32-key Jones Anglo for sale

    Now sold via my website, and off to a new home in Florida.
  3. Hopefully, new pads would be thicker than original ones, so the button would be lowered, not raised. But the pivot post is the most likely culprit... either excessive wear, or coming loose and rising from the base board. If so, pull it out, apply a little dab of glue, and tap it back into place.
  4. david robertson

    32-key Jones Anglo for sale

    This is a very nice example of a Jones Anglo, with riveted action, and a proper pad and lever arrangement for the air button, rather than the crude "trapdoor" device found on lesser Joneses. (This is definitely one of the Joneses with which the others should have kept up!) It is newly restored, with new pads, valves, phosphor-bronze springs, dampers, bushings and straps. The bellows have had a cosmetic re-bind and a new set of correct Jones gold-on-black papers. Finally, it has been tuned to modern concert pitch. In my view, it represents a big step up in quality from, for example, a mahogany-ended Lachenal, and it performs every bit as well as a rosewood-ended one. I'm looking for £1750, and as always, if you're within striking distance of Norwich, you're welcome to come and have a squeeze.
  5. david robertson

    Jeffries Bros Praed St, Anglo.

    Where's the puzzle? The layout diagram shows 'in' and 'out' notes separately, but it seems to be a Bb/F Anglo.
  6. david robertson

    drying out a concertina played in the rain

    When I used to play for the Morris, I found that a simple plastic carrier bag solves the problem. Simply insert hands through the bag handles, and play the concertina inside the bag.
  7. david robertson

    Ab/Eb Jeffries for sale

    Now sold via my website.
  8. david robertson

    Cleaning Bone Buttons

    Personally, I put them in a little net bag and bung them in the dishwasher. Then I use the Dremel to spin them on a waxy cloth. Excellent results, minimum effort... what's not to like?
  9. david robertson

    Ab/Eb Jeffries for sale

    Here's a bit of a rarity - a fine 30-key Jeffries in one of the less common key combinations. It still has the famous Jeffries bark, but think Rottweiler rather than poodle. Of course, it could be tuned down to G/D without much difficulty, but I thought I would offer it first in its original keys. It is comprehensively restored, with new pads, valves, dampers, bushings and straps. The woodwork has been refinished in French polish, and I have made and fitted new 6-fold bellows, with new chamois seals, so the instrument is impeccably airtight. As always, you're welcome to try it out in Norwich - just send me a PM or call me on 01603 702644. I'm looking for £4500.
  10. david robertson

    Spring Sale - £500 Off Tenor/treble Aeola

    This instrument has now found a new home in the west country.
  11. david robertson

    Aeola and Boyd extended trebles

    A choice of two top-quality, newly restored extended treble instruments. The first is an ebony-ended Aeola, No.28531(1920). A lovely player, and not quite as strident as the metal-ended variety can be. The second is a Boyd Lachenal, a rare instrument made specially for Harry Boyd, who ran a major music retail outlet in Newcastle. As always, the name "H Boyd" is worked into the fret pattern, and at Mr Boyd's insistence, the instrument is no bigger than a standard 48-key treble. Both have new pads, valves, bushes and straps. The woodwork has been refinished in French polish, and both instruments have been tuned to modern concert pitch. I'm looking for £3000 for the Aeola, and £1750 for the Boyd. As always, you're welcome to try them out in Norwich.
  12. david robertson

    Spring Sale - £500 Off Tenor/treble Aeola

    Inspired by the rising of the sap, the bursting of the bud, and my bank manager's preference that we revert to the customary arrangement where I lend him money, I am now offering this rather lovely 64k Aeola tenor/treble (29691) at just £3250. It has been comprehensively restored, with new pads, valves, bushings, dampers and straps. The ends have been re-plated, the bellows re-bound, and the woodwork stripped and refinished in French polish. Naturally, it has also been tuned to modern concert pitch. In 15 years of restoring concertinas, this is probably the best example of this model that I have seen. And with £500 off the original asking price, there may never be a better time to buy. If you'd like to try it out in Norwich, just send me a PM or call me on 01603 702644.
  13. david robertson

    Jeffries 39 Button Anglo Keyboard Variations

    Another couple of bricks... Here is the existing layout for the rather lovely 38k Jeffries I'm working on at the moment. Anyone spot any logic in the arrangement of the accidentals? Another curiosity is that on the left hand, innermost row, nearly everything has been shifted one place to the right, compared with Geoff's "standard" layout.
  14. david robertson

    Odd Tuning In A C/g Jeffries

    Sorry to bother you again with this David, but if you do get a moment to reveal what notes your 39er has on the "the single button of the extra row (the button exactly on the middle of the fretwork on the RHS)" (Gary's RH 7c), I would be very interested. Cheers, Adrian Sorry to bother you again with this David, but if you do get a moment to reveal what notes your 39er has on the "the single button of the extra row (the button exactly on the middle of the fretwork on the RHS)" (Gary's RH 7c), I would be very interested. Cheers, Adrian My apologies, Adrian - I missed your earlier post. My 39er is set up with an A4 drone on that single button nearest the right hand.David
  15. david robertson

    Odd Tuning In A C/g Jeffries

    For what it's worth, my own 39er has the high F# in the 'normal' position!
×